Leeds nostalgia: clocks turn back for original ‘extreme sport’ with jousting contest

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Sticking with the Royal Armouries theme, there will also be a Medieval-style jousting tournament on Monday April 6.

Visitors can enjoy the thrills and spills of authentic Medieval jousting, billed as the original extreme sport, in the heart of Leeds and come face-to-face with the tournament’s collection of arms and armour.

Royal Armouries will present a packed programme of dangerously entertaining events from Friday April 3 to Easter Monday (April 6). The tiltyard will resound to the clamour and clash of a live action tournament, as internationally renowned knights battle for the coveted Sword of Honour and the prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Trophy.

As well as individual competitions you can get behind your favourite team as ‘Team Burgundy’, ‘Team England’ and ‘Team Poland’ lock lances as the tension builds through the exciting four-day tournament.

Plus, for the first time at the Royal Armouries, there will be a mêlée on the Bank Holiday Monday as part of a spectacular finale, when all the competing knights will clash in a medieval mock battle.

In a packed programme visitors will also be able to meet the knights and horses, see how knights kit-up for the tournament and listen to tales of medieval daring-do. The Yorkshire Heraldry Society will be providing craft activities on Saturday the April 4, and there are opportunities for hands-on fun in the Jester’s Yard Play Area and crossbow range.

Timetable for events:

Friday April 3 - individual heats at noon & team heats 3pm

Saturday April 4- individual heats at noon & team heats 3pm

Sunday April 5 - individual final at noon & team heats 3pm

Monday April 6 - mêlée at noon and grand final at 3pm.

Daily combo tickets - under 16s/over 60s: £5, adults: £10 on April 3-5. Final combo tickets – under 16s/over 60s: £10, adults £14 (April 6).

There will be other events also. Call 0113 220 1888.